M/V Bermuda Islander

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Oil

State

Delaware

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Delaware Bay

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

On April 25, 2006, an approximately six-mile-long oil slick in Delaware Bay was reported by a tugboat crewman. A few days later, a sample of the released oil was matched to an oil sample taken from a container ship, the Bermuda Islander. The total volume of oil released and the cause of the release are unknown. The spill impacted approximately 40 miles of the western shoreline (Delaware side) and less than one mile of the eastern shoreline (New Jersey side) of Delaware Bay.

Atlantic horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are shown spawning on the shoreline at Mispillion Harbor, Delaware, in early June 2008. Restoration of this spawning beach is one of the preferred natural resource restoration alternatives in the Draft Restoration Plan., Credit: Gregory Breese, USFWS


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Settlement

 Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement 12/23/2008

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft) Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment 01/01/2013

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Case Contact

Delaware Bay Estuary Project

Smyrna, DE | (302) 653-9152 | http://www.fws.gov/delawarebay/

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